Welcome to my website
I'm proud to represent the residents of Ipswich and the Somerset Region in Federal Parliament as member for the electorate of Blair.
On this website you'll find information on the work I do for Blair and the asssitance I can offer you as your local Federal member.
You can browse through my speeches and media releases and keep up to date with upcoming events.
Please don't hesistate to contact me if I can be of assistance with any Federal issue.
No money for Ipswich Motorway in Abbott’s Budget
The Abbott Government continues to ignore Ipswich and the Somerset region with the 2015-16 Federal Budget failing to allocate any real money to finish the Ipswich Motorway upgrade.
Finishing the last section of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade is vital to our economy and to the thousands of people who sit in traffic everyday and we can’t afford to wait until 2018/2019.
This isn’t just about fixing congestion and improving safety; it’s also about giving our farmers the very best opportunity to get their goods to the Rocklea Markets and for business to get their products to the Port of Brisbane for export.
Before the Federal Election, Tony Abbott made a commitment to fast track the upgrade the last six kilometre stretch of the Ipswich Motorway, but he’s turned his back on us and broken his commitment.
Most of Ipswich and the Somerset Region to be left with second-rate NBN
On Friday May 8, Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare and I met with local residents affected by the Abbott Government’s broken promises on the NBN.
Before the election Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull promised that all Australians would have access to the NBN by 2016.
After the election, they broke this promise.
It is now May 2015 and most residents of Ipswich and the Somerset Region still don’t know when they will get the NBN, or what type of NBN they will get.
Blair hospital services to suffer as Abbott Government cuts $3.1 billion in funding
It has been revealed that hospital and health services covering Blair and surrounds will lose $3.1 billion in hospital funding from 2017-18 to 2024‑25 as part of Tony Abbott’s $11.8 billion cuts to health and hospital funding in Queensland.
Metro North area including Kilcoy will lose $2.3 billion in funding while the West Moreton region including Ipswich and the Brisbane Valley will have $803 million cut.
Support the Campaign to Stop Tony Abbott's Pension Cuts
I encourage all locals to stand with Labor by joining a new campaign calling on Tony Abbott to drop his planned pension cuts.
Federal Labor has launched a new campaign where locals can sign up at www.dontpocketourpension.com.au to tell Tony Abbott to drop these pensioner cuts.
Pensioners were some of the hardest hit in Tony Abbott’s unfair budget and I say enough is enough.
Closing the Gap
On Monday 23 February 2015, I spoke in Parliament House about Closing the Gap: the Prime Minister's Report 2015.
- 2015 National Reconciliation Week - 27 May 2015
- Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2015-2016 - 25 May 2015
- National Palliative Care Week - 25 May 2015
- Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia - 25 May 2015
- Where's the Money for the Ipswich Motorway? - 14 May 2015